Enea working with Telenor on multi-vendor 5G SA core solution

17 May 2021

Swedish vendor Enea has announced that it is part of Norwegian telecoms giant Telenor’s initiative to create ‘the world’s most diverse multi-vendor 5G standalone (SA) solution’ that includes Proof of Concept (PoC) of a fully secure cloud-native 5G Core for network slicing.

In a press release regarding the development, the vendor noted that, having met stringent security requirements, Telenor’s solution is now being trialled by the Norwegian Armed Forces in what it claimed was a ‘pioneering use case of network slicing in action’. Enea confirmed it had provided Telenor with its cloud-native 5G data management solutions, including its telco-grade fully secure Unified Data Manager (UDM) that can support up to ten billion data entries at a rate of one to 500,000 transactions per second. The vendor claims its solution delivers automated end-to-end encrypted communications from the core to the edge, while to provide robust data privacy – a critical consideration for the Norwegian Armed Forces – the UDM has built-in Subscription Concealed Identifier (SUCI) capabilities that safeguards user data, camouflaging the permanent identifier that usually accompanies a subscriber’s activity on the network. Telenor is also said to have utilised Enea’s User Data Repository (UDR) and Authentication Server Function (AUSF).

Commenting, Patrick Waldemar, Vice President, Telenor Research, noted: ‘Enea’s cloud-native, vendor-neutral data management products are robust and truly innovative. And Enea’s collaborative strategy resonates with our own ethos. By creating a multi-vendor environment, operators and enterprises can foster innovation, reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and can cut time to market for new services.’

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